5.30 political law links

MONEY HELP. WFB. “Congressional candidate Dan McCready (D.) publicly denounced dark money in the 2018 election cycle while a dark money group was spending nearly $1 million to defeat McCready’s opponent in a North Carolina House race at the same time.”

GROUP TARGETS SENATOR. RC. “The Democratically-aligned group End Citizens United on Tuesday launched a $50,000 digital advertising campaign aimed at unseating Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky — before McConnell even has a credible challenger.”

CA: FINE FOR DISCLOSURE. EBT. “A state ethics commission has fined Contra Costa County Assessor Gus Kramer for improperly disclosing a loan and failing to file several required finance reports.”

CA: RAVEL ON 1A. DC. “A ‘libertarian interpretation’ of the First Amendment is responsible for more ‘violent hate crime’ in the United States than terrorism, a former Federal Election Commission chair claimed Thursday.”

CO: BILL SIGNED. CP. “If you were to pick a package of the most partisan bills from the 2019 session, a good bet would be four bills on elections and campaign finance signed by Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday.”

MD: REFUND SOUGHT. BS. “The leaders of the Korean Society of Baltimore said Wednesday they are seeking the return of more than $60,000 in contributions their members made to former Democratic Mayor Catherine Pugh’s re-election campaign.”

NJ: VETO MOVE. NJ. “Brace yourself: The open animosity between Gov. Phil Murphy and Democrats in the Legislature could soon derail efforts to expose the tidal wave of dark money that is giving wealthy special interest groups even more leverage in Trenton, all of it behind closed doors.”

NY: QUESTIONS ON FINANCE. TIN. ” Wu was hit in 2013 with $17,792 in penalties by the New York City Campaign Finance Board for 10 violations, including $4,842 for ‘accepting three over-the-limit contributions,’ $6,600 for ‘accepting a contribution from a corporation,’ and $5,000 for ‘intentionally furnishing false documentation and information.'”

TN: INVESTIGATION WELCOMED. TN. “More than two years after The Tennessean reported Sen. Brian Kelsey participated in potentially illegal donations and contributions related to his failed 2016 congressional bid, the West Tennessee Republican says he welcomes an investigation.”


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